Nursing: The Measles Epidemic

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About the Webinar Course

This webinar course has been previously recorded.  

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that may cause severe complications and death. Recently, there has been a worldwide increase in measles cases, including in the U.S. In 2019, 1,282 individual cases of measles were confirmed in 31 states across the U.S., representing the largest number of cases since 1992. Although the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine effectively prevents measles and other infectious diseases, measles has increased due to the mistrust of vaccines, gaps in immunization coverage and lack of access to health care facilities. All health care professionals, primarily nurses, are often the first clinicians to assess a patient with measles, so it is important they understand the disease. They also play a vital role in the prevention of measles by educating individuals on the benefits of vaccines and help ensure all children and adults adhere to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommended immunization schedule.  This course covers the epidemiology, transmission, signs and symptoms, complications, and prevention of measles. It will also review the current measles epidemic in the U.S.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Explain the epidemiology of measles in the U.S. and the causes of the most recent outbreak in 2019.
  • Describe the clinical characteristics of measles, including signs/symptoms, diagnostic tests, differential diagnoses, complications, and treatment.
  • Reference the CDC's immunization schedules for pediatrics and adults.
  • Describe the MMR vaccine indications, schedule, precautions, contraindications, and safety profile.
  • Explain the concept of herd immunity.

About the Author:

Margaret Hughes MSN, RN, CPRNP-PC 

Margaret Hughes MSN, RN, CPRNP-PC is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who graduated from the Yale School of Nursing in 2016 with a concentration in Global Health. Her interest in health care started at young age when she had several opportunities to shadow doctors in France and Belgium. She currently works in student health at a large university in Boston, MA. Prior, she worked at community-based and school-based health centers providing primary care to high-risk, medically underserved populations. She also has experience as a nurse and worked in a private pediatric clinic in Connecticut and at an overnight summer camp in New York.

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